The Chicken meat consumed in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), estates, and major towns nationwide has become a source of worry for the Directorate of Veterinary Services.
In a letter dated November 6 from the director, Obadiah Njagi, it was highlighted that a significant portion of the meat sold in various food establishments had not undergone inspection by health officials.
Njagi states that currently, chickens are being slaughtered at individuals’ residences in violation of the legal requirement for slaughterhouses.
Conversely, the transportation of meat from homes to slaughterhouses occurred without adhering to the specified safety regulations.
“This meat is sourced mainly from the broiler chicken farmers, who slaughter the chicken in their backyard and transport the meat to the hotels and other eateries,” read the letter in part addressed to the county directors.
The letter focused primarily on fast-food establishments located in the central business district (CBD) and various towns nationwide.
Additionally, numerous meat shops across the country were identified for procuring their chicken directly from farmers.
“This is contrary to Meat Control Act Cap 356 of the laws of Kenya which states that food animals should only be slaughtered in licensed slaughterhouses under the supervision of an inspecting officer.”
As a result, the county inspectors were instructed to oversee the situation since the widespread activity posed a threat to the safety of Kenyan citizens.
Additionally, the Directorate cautioned that traders violating the stipulated requirements would face consequences.